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Integrity needed more than ‘authenticity’

Integrity needed more than ‘authenticity’

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Q: I value authenticity and loathe hypocrisy, and I want to simply be true to myself. How can I do that if I constantly am told what to believe and how to behave by the Church?

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Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a family member who keeps intruding in my life. I want to love this person well, and I don’t want to go against God’s teaching about the duty we owe to family, but this person’s constant interruptions and negative attitude are affecting my family and me. What can I do?

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Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes just wish that I could run away from the life I am living. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I get this feeling that I should just leave this behind and try something new. Is this a sign that I should?

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Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

– “Orans” posture during the Our Father
– Catholic-Jewish wedding

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How should we think about our past?

How should we think about our past?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. How much weight should I give to my past? I’ve been told that I need to forget the past and move forward, but it seems like there ought to be something more to it.

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Why are funeral homilies so much about Jesus and not the deceased?

Why are funeral homilies so much about Jesus and not the deceased?

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. We recently had a funeral for a family member. I was a bit annoyed by how much the priest talked about Jesus and how little he talked about the person who died. Isn’t the funeral supposed to be more of a celebration of the person’s life?

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Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. You wrote about gossip earlier. But don’t people need to know certain “secret” things? Wouldn’t it be irresponsible of me to keep some things to myself?

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Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

| Father Kenneth Doyle | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Long ago, as a child, I remember saying prayers aloud for “the conversion of Russia” after every Mass. Why, in our troubled world, are we not doing the same thing now for Islamic extremists, who are surely in need of our prayers? And where would such a directive come from?

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What’s the matter with gossip?

What’s the matter with gossip?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. What is the problem with gossip? I mean, sometimes I just need to vent

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Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

– What does the “internal forum” mean?
– What do I do with unsolicited holy items received in the mail?

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To prepare for something big, start with small things

To prepare for something big, start with small things

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I feel like God is going to call me to do something big, but I don’t know what. How can I make sure that I don’t miss what he will call me to do? And what can I do in the meantime?

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How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a teacher at my Catholic school who just died. He was so young, and all of us students loved him so much. We all miss him so much. I am beginning to doubt my faith in all of this.

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